• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 


Maura Bendett: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report

Project Description:

In Fall 2011 I received a Faculty Development Grant to purchase a MIG welder to fabricate my sculptures. I also received funds to purchase umbrella lights/stands, a seamless backdrop, and a tripod, which have enabled me to take professional quality photographs of my art. Additionally, I obtained financial support to buy two ceiling lighting fixtures for my studio.


Receiving this grant helped me in my studio practice in multiple ways. It has made it possible for me to weld my sculpture at my studio, instead of having to drive, with my sculpture, to another location to use borrowed welding equipment (#1, #2, #3, welded sculptures in various stages of production).

I have used the umbrella lighting system/seamless backdrop/tripod to shoot photos of my current work for professional activities. I have also been able to photograph several older sculptures that have been taking up space on my studio walls for a year (#4, light stands/umbrellas and installer Tom Villa hanging my ceiling lights). Afterwards, I moved the older sculptures into storage, thus creating additional walls on which to hang my current work.

However, the biggest impact so far has been the installation of the two new overhead ceiling lighting fixtures, (#5, both light fixtures installed and separated by a skylight). They have made a huge difference in the environment at my studio. Their bright light made it apparent to me that my studio desperately needed to be repainted (#6, #7, #8). One of the walls, a 14' brick wall, had never even been painted all the way up to the ceiling (#9). Because the new ceiling lights illuminated absolutely everything, down to the smallest detail, my studio looked much dirtier than I realized. As a result, I was inspired to bring my studio up to speed. Subsequently, I spent four exhausting days repainting the walls (#10, #11, repainting in progress). You can clearly see the difference in the before and after pictures. I also did some major spring-cleaning at the same time. At the present I feel my studio looks amazing (#12).

Value to Otis:

Now that my workspace projects a professional demeanor, I look forward to bringing my current Otis summer elective class, "Experimental Painting", (as well as future classes) to my studio for a field trip. I have also begun using my new photo equipment to create a power point presentation of my sculptures and drawings to show to my Principles of Design classes this fall. Neither of these projects would have been possible before without a Faculty Development Grant to acquire new equipment.


It is vital to have a brightly lit and well-organized studio and work environment in order to create, maintain, and project a professional atmosphere. This is because as a professional artist I need to entertain studio visits from gallerists and curators, photograph and market images of my work, and to easily produce my sculptures. The Otis Faculty Development Grant has greatly enhanced my ability to accomplish these endeavors, and has been instrumental in helping me to strive to achieve my highest potential so far (#13, #14, #15, #16).

--Maura Bendett

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Ill. #12: Maura Bendett's Studio
Ill. #12: Maura Bendett's Studio

Work (ill. #15)
Ill. #15: Work by Maura Bendett

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